Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can cause temporary or permanent paralysis, and often require intensive physical therapy in people who are able to recover and regain normal movement. And car accidents account for 47 percent of spinal cord injuries, which are defined as injuries that damage the spinal cord tissue and nerves in that area.
This blocks the signals between the brain and the spinal cord that control movement, and depending on the severity of the injury, victims could lose movement in the upper or lower portion of their bodies, or movement in their entire body.
Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of SCIs that can occur due to a car accident.
Most Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries In Car Accidents
There are two significant types of SCIs that can result from a car accident, including:
- Complete Injury – When a victim suffers a complete SCI, he or she will lose motion and feeling below the point of the injury. The remaining movement and feeling that a victim experiences will depend on where the injury occurs along the spinal column.
- Incomplete Injury – When a victim suffers an incomplete SCI, he or she will retain some motion and feeling below the point of injury. And the level of feeling and range of motion will depend on where the injury occurs along the spinal column. Injuries to a disk are the most common type of incomplete injury caused by car accidents.
When car accident victims suffer SCIs, the loss of motion can include:
- Quadriplegia – Loss of motion in both arms and both legs, also referred to as tetraplegia.
- Paraplegia – Loss of motion in both legs and in some instances, the lower body
- Hemiplegia – Loss of motion in one arm and one leg that is confined to only one side of a person’s body.
- Monoplegia– Loss of motion in one limb, whether an arm or leg
Although there are no guarantees when it comes to SCIs, victims who are immediately transported to a hospital for treatment are more likely to recover. And in some instances, victims who lose motion in a limb, regain partial motion in that limb due to surgery or experimental treatment.
Finding Justice After a Serious Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can alter the trajectory of your life, and many people who suffer these injuries must spend months or years trying to regain the ability to resume normal activities. When you suffer this type of devastating injury, your focus should be on recovery and healing, while an experienced firm like Rosner& Tucker, P.C. handles your personal injury claim. We have obtained more than $100 million in damages for our clients, and we will put our resources and expertise to work for you. Please call us today at 856-692-6500 for a free case evaluation.